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Smart phone distributed for climate-resilient agriculture

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RAJBIRAJ — The Saptari District Agriculture Development Office has distributed smart phone and other necessary equipments to the farmers to reduce possible risks resulting from the negative effects of climate change in agriculture sector.

The farmers’ groups were provided with smart phone, cellular phone SIM card, meteorological measurement equipments and thermometer at a programme organized on Wednesday, according to Senior Agriculture Development Officer Bhagirath Yadav.

He further informed that the support was provided to 63 farmers’ groups for agriculture purpose.

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On the occasion, Province-2 Minister for Land Management and Agriculture Cooperative Shailendra Prasad Saha handed over the support package to 63 farmers’ groups of Saptari district.

The equipments were provided to the farmers to disseminate agriculture-related information to farmers, farmers’ community and stakeholders through agro information system and help adapt the climate change so as to increase agriculture productivity.

The equipment support was handed over to the farmers as part of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture Development.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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